Educational weekend for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E crew


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Photo: Mercedes

The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E crew remained without points in the fifth round of the ABB FIA Formula E championship in Morocco. Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne ended the Marrakech E-Prix in places 11 and 15.

Nyck drove to the mountainous pole of the top six for the third time in his rookie season and qualified fourth for the E-Prix. After moving up to third place on the starting lap, an early drive-through penalty threw him far back due to excessive energy recovery when braking. From there he fought his way forward step by step and ended the race in location eleven.


For Stoffel, the race weekend on the Circuit World Car Moulay El Hassan was not ideally noble. He had to struggle with the car and went from the starting place 17 into the race. To 34 Race laps he crossed the finish line on location 15.

After the fifth round of the season, the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E crew has 56 points fifth place in the team ranking. The next space on the racing calendar is the Rome E-Prix on April 4th.

Voices after the race in Marrakech

Ian James, Team Principal: “Today was not necessarily one of our best days. Nyck received a drive-through penalty for recuperating too much energy and thus exceeding the permitted limit. That was absolutely not his mistake and has given him a much better result that he deserved today. The reason for this seems to have been a field with the engine's control software, but we need to examine that in more detail to understand exactly what happened to used to be. Because we didn't change anything between the free practice sessions and the race. We immediately start to examine the field and find a solution. It was right to start the punishment immediately after we were informed. As a result, Nyck 18 seconds lost. His backlog of 20 seconds at the finish shows used to be for a great pace he had today. For this reason, we decided united states of america that Stoffel should let it pass. In the end he came up to eleventh. For Stoffel continued in the race, unfortunately we had seen used to be in all sessions before. He just couldn't find a pace even though he drove a decent race. We will also analyze this situation in detail in the coming weeks. We can learn a lot from today's setback. We have to correct our own mistakes so that the decisive moments take place where they belong: on the racetrack. Now we will give everything and form united states of americabis again for the next race. “

Nyck de Vries: “There are many positive things that we can take with us from this weekend and this race. Starting with our strong efficiency in qualifying up to a good beginning. Our package was very strong in the race, but unfortunately I received a drive-through penalty for a technical violation at the start of the race. We will definitely take a closer look at united states of america to avoid this in the future. After that I had a very strong chase and my pace was really good. Under normal circumstances, we could certainly have taken the podium with it. That is a real shame, but the positive aspects still prevail. ”

Stoffel Vandoorne: “I was missing the pace all weekend. We had a few problems in the first practice session, but today the car felt better. But I still lacked confidence. In the first qualifying group, unfortunately, I didn't get everything perfectly in order. All in all, it was a very difficult weekend for me. I had difficulties in every session and was never even a little bit at the pace. This is very strange because it happened to me for the first time. Now I have to understand why. I don't know the reason for that at the moment. We tried everything possible with the car, but we couldn't get more out of it. At least Nyck was able to show a normal, solid pace this weekend. Now, united states of america is happily expecting a long stay to analyze all of this. ”

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